Friday, December 27th, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  7 responses

NBA Says Blake Griffin Shouldn’t Have Been Ejected vs Warriors

The League is on Blake Griffin’s side when it comes to his ejection from the contentious Christmas Day showdown between the LA Clippers and Golden State Warriors. From the press release:

Rod Thorn, NBA President, Basketball Operations, issued the following statement (Thursday) regarding the ejection of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin with 10:43 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ 105-103 win over the Clippers on Dec. 25, at Oracle Arena:

“After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game. A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    ok let’s replay the last 11 minutes of the 4th quarter. otherwise who cares

  • Dfrance

    Seriously, what is the point of these admissions of fault by the NBA? If the refs are not going to be penalized, you might as well act like they made the right call. Blake can’t get those minutes back and the Clips can’t get back that win that they most likely would have secured had he still been in the game.

  • Lloyd

    1. Rescinding it after is pointless.
    2. This reeks of desperation for fan approval.
    2. I still think it was the right call. Blake clearly played a part by wrapping Bogut’s torso up while being boxed out initially. Bogut retaliated and man handled Blake a bit because he’s a giant crazy Aussie, and then the two were split up quickly. In a regular situation, it would have been a double tech. Either way, Blake’s gone due to his original tech. Sucks for the Clippers and the game overall, but you have to have that continuity.

  • Max

    I want my money back, I bet that he’d score 21+…

  • initbruv

    True, but it’s better than their usual approach which is to stifle any discussion about the reffing. I prefer occasions like this where they admit fault on the part of the refs so as to hopefully lead to the right result next time.

  • Dfrance

    I gotta disagree with you. Wrapping your arms around a dudes waist during a box out is a personal foul, not a technical. Bogut is the one that took it overboard swinging around the way he did and he made contact with Blakes head/neck area. The Leagues revised call is correct IMO.

  • Lloyd

    He ran into his back and wrapped him up leading to the altercation. Situations like this happen all the time and guys are assessed double techs. If Blake was completely innocent like everyone made it seem, then sure no tech, but a foul that leads to an altercation between two players usually gets both players penalized with techs.

    Andrew Bogut definitely is more in the wrong grabbing on the jersey . Didn’t really see the swing you’re talking about. Bogut’s right arm? Looked like he was trying to keep grip on the jersey while Blake was trying to break it. Blake definitely played a part in the scuffle, so he got the standard double tech. Bogut was definitely more wrong, so he got a flagrant 1.

    The call that should be controversial here is Blake getting a tech for taking exception with a guy throwing a bow at his face. He wouldn’t have been ejected from the scuffle if that soft call wasn’t made.